The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that a 41-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) died because of complications from asthma at the so-called Tent City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, confirmed the reports earlier sent out by migrant workers’ group Migrante International.
Hernandez said the Filipino, who served as a waiter in Riyadh, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a local hospital there back in July because of severe asthma attack.
It is not known why he came to be in Jeddah when documents showed he was originally hired as a waiter in Riyadh.
“All expenses [of his stay at the ICU]were paid by the [Philippine] consul general [in Jeddah],” the Foreign Affairs official said.
The Filipino appeared to have fully recovered after the treatment, and was even able to complete all immigration procedures “with the assistance of the consulate general.”
“But unfortunately, [the Filipino]died before Saudi immigration authorities could issue his exit visa,” Hernandez, who did not divulge the identity of the deceased, said.
Right now, the official said the consul general in Jeddah is arranging the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON